On Saturday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that hospitals lying about the availability of beds for people who test positive for the deadly COVID-19 won’t be spared.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that treating coronavirus patients is non-negotiable for private hospitals in the national capital.
While speaking at a press conference, the Delhi CM said, “Please give me a few days… We will end this business of black marketing of beds."
Kejriwal said that his administration also launched a mobile application in a bid to stop the black marketing of beds.
“We thought of making the information about the number of beds and ventilators in hospitals transparent. There was an uproar over it as if we committed a crime,” the chief minister said.
He alleged that some hospitals are lying about the availability of beds even though the information on the app is updated by them.
Earlier this week, Arvind Kejriwal launched a mobile application to help people track the availability of vacant beds in various hospitals of the national capital.
While talking at a press conference Kejriwal said, “We have been telling you that the Delhi government has made adequate arrangement for Covid-19 patients - in terms of the number of hospitals, beds in there, the ICU facility in those hospitals and how many ventilators are there."
The app will be updated twice daily - at 10 am and 6 pm - to keep people in the know of the latest developments across different hospitals in the national capital.
The Delhi chief minister also said that if the app is showing vacant beds at a hospital but the hospital staff refuses admission to patients, they can call on the helpline number 1031.